Friends of Newberry Springs
Give Claim and Notice of Potential
Lawsuit Naming the CSD, its
Directors and General Manager

Posted: November 27, 2020
Newberry Springs Community Alliance
by Ted Stimpfel

    In complying with California State Law, the Friends of Newberry Springs ("Friends") gave a friendly notice of a claim on Friday, November 20, 2020, against the Newberry CSD for severe injuries and damages accruing from the CSD's unilateral removal of the Friends participation in the recent litigation against the County.

    The notice contains the names of many of the Friends in the coalition of Newberry residents opposed to the Daggett Solar Power Project.

    The claim is a legal procedure required by State Law to place the Newberry CSD on notice and to allow the CSD an opportunity to investigate the claim.  It does not obligate any named claimants to do anything.  It does allow the named claimants to have the opportunity, should they wish to, to participate in later litigation or a settlement.

    The possibility of litigation is being seriously explored.  Although litigation may never be filed, the procedural "Six-month Notice of Claim" is required by California statute.

    The cumulative injuries and damages are believed to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars. The CSD directors and staff appear to have operated outside of their authorized CSD powers when they removed a private entity from the civil filing. They may hold personal liability for the damages and any punitive award.

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    At best, the individual claimants may only recover a fraction of their damages.  However, it may allow for some community healing in addressing the travesty.

    The Friends of Newberry Springs' management will be in further contact the individual Friends members exploring the litigation.

    Anyone with questions regarding the above claim is welcomed to inquire at  Those listed in the notice of claim have no obligation.  Only their rights are being protected as opposers to the solar project.

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